Weekly Writing Challenge: Snapshots

Oh those Kodak Moments …. !!

Housekeeping personnel of a particular McDonald’s washing the two storied red facade of the joint with a forceful jet from the fire hydrant and a couple of kids from the nearby slums – who are supposed to be helping out, dancing gleefully in the fountain of water rebounding off the walls.

Bombay Ducks on display at Mahim Koliwada – each one neatly hanging in between the rods of the pavement grill, like the arrangement of mango leaves used as decoration for all hindu religious festivals.

Construction work , industriously in progress to build a modern multi-storied glass covered building inside a walled off compound, with the name board next to the gate belatedly proclaiming “Ruby Mills” – Passing of an era in the Mumbai’s industrial sector.

Viewing the sun setting over the lovely plains of central India through the window of a train, and then there is a bullock cart carrying two men passing by, all so beautifully silhouetted against the orange-red ball of the setting sun.

P. S. These are moments when i actually wished I had a camera, to capture the moment, however describing them in words works just as well for me to enjoy these moments.

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Comma,

Alarm rings. Drag self out of bed. Get dressed. Say goodbye to hubby. Rush to catch bus to office – an hour and half of strategising to get a seat and sleep. Finish routine office work and cribbing. Rush to leave office before peak traffic time. At home. Too tired to cook. Hubby returns frustrated from office. Order dinner.

Hubby gets job in new city. Unable to get transfer to new city. Quit job. Spend a month successfully setting up house. Start applying for jobs. Recessionary and political situations reduce probability of new openings. Convoluted work experience add to woes. Have a baby? Buy a vehicle? Buy a house? Need financial backing of a job to plan. Bored with household chores. Gain weight. Hate gym. Wallow in self pity. Life – Paused!

Call N. Recall her wedding – One that took place amidst protests from family. N has now taken transfer to the capital where her hubby is. N’s hubby is posted on-site for a year. Stuck alone in a new city – search for house, adjust to new traffic timings, adjust to new people in office, catch a few minutes with hubby on different standard time.

Joined swimming. The pool deserted in the morning. Enjoy frolicking in the water.

Call S. Listen to her description of work-life balance. Work timings ensure she’s at home only when her baby is asleep.

New member at the swimming pool. Has come on wheel chair accompanied by parents. Is helped by parents into the pool to exercise her wasted legs.

Suddenly feel very very privileged.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

Moving to a new place takes a lot of getting used to – new people, new language, new schedule etc. The one thing that didn’t require any adjustment however was the monsoon – the wayward wind, the cooling of the atmosphere, the all too familiar smell of the earth when the first rain drops strike the earth and of course the lovely pitter-patter of the raindrops themselves.

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The drenched view from my new balcony !